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The W3C Technical Architecture Group (TAG)

What Is The TAG?

The TAG is a special working group within the W3C, chartered (under the W3C Process Document) with stewardship of the Web architecture.

As outlined in our charter, there are three aspects to this mission:

  • to document and build consensus around principles of Web architecture and to interpret and clarify these principles when necessary;
  • to resolve issues involving general Web architecture brought to the TAG;
  • to help coordinate cross-technology architecture developments inside and outside W3C.

W3C TAG @ Akamai San Francisco; Photo Credit: Matt Griffin
Photo Credit: Matt Griffin

The TAG at Akamai San Francisco, 23 April 20115
Left to right: Tim Berners-Lee, Mark Nottingham, Daniel Appelquist, Yan Zhu, Hadley Beeman, Peter Linss, Yves Lafon, Alex Russell, Travis Leithead

The TAG has 9 participants (5 elected, 3 appointed, and 1 chair) plus a staff contact:

  1. Tim Berners-Lee (W3C) (Chair)
  2. Daniel Appelquist (Telefónica) (Chair)1
  3. Yves Lafon (W3C) (staff contact)
  4. Travis Leithead (Microsoft)2
  5. Peter Linss (HP) (Chair)1
  6. Mark Nottingham (Akamai)2
  7. Alex Russell (Google)2
  8. Yan Zhu (Yahoo!)2
  9. Hadley Beeman(W3C Invited Expert)3
  10. David Baron (Mozilla Foundation)4
  • 1 Two-year term begins 1 Feb 2014 (see election results).
  • 2 Two-year term begins 1 Feb 2015 (see election results).
  • 3 Term begins 16 April 2015 and ends 31 January 2017.
  • 4 Term begins 13 May 2015 and ends 31 January 2016.

The TAG is partly elected by the Advisory Committee and partly appointed by the Director. Each year the nomination period typically starts 1 November the election typically starts 1 December.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • TAG meeting; 15-17 July 2015 in Berlin (hosted by Yandex)
  • TAG meeting; 14-16 September 2015 in Boston (hosted by MIT)

Current Work

The TAG repositories on GitHub may be found under the w3ctag organization.

The TAG reviews specifications from other groups. These reviews are kept track of in a separate Github repo. If you would like to request a TAG review, please open an issue there.

We are tracking issues and holding some discussions using GitHub's issue tracker, on a document-by-document basis.

The TAG issue list shows issues that the TAG plans to address; by charter, issues are added to this list by majority vote.

Publications

Group policies

Recent face-to-face meetings